Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless Lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. . . .

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

I have been wanting to read Cinder ever since I first heard about it. I’m a sucker for a good fairytale retelling, and this one was unlike any I’ve ever read about. So I finally caved and bought it.

Sadly, I was a little disappointed in it.

I mean, the plot line was a great idea. But I feel like the plot was drowned out. There was some boring times when I felt like it was just there to make the book longer. Also, the story was quite predictable from the very beginning. I saw a lot of the plot twists coming, which ultimately made the book less fun to read.

Also, the sci-fi was a bit hard to read. I don’t read many sci-fi books, so I didn’t get into this one very fast because of that.

There were some times when I lost track of the “Cinderella” storyline. Towards the end, I could notice it more. But for a majority of the first half, I couldn’t see any resemblance to Cinderella.

The characters were fantastically written. Cinder was amazing. I loved her sarcasm, her actions, and her raw feelings, almost human-like. (Ironic, right!?)

Prince Kai was perfect. I loved his sweetness and his love for his father. I did like him less towards the end of the book, because I felt like some of his decisions were, well, stupid.

I loved how the story didn’t have a huge romance plot. Instead it focused more on Cinder and her life and journey.

I must mention that this book does have some brief profanity. The “D” word was used 2-3 times and the “H” word was used 1 time. Also, there was a little bit of suggestive humor. Nothing near graphic at all, but just wanted to mention that in case you were checking the content for a young reader.

The ending, though, was horrible. It ended so suddenly and on such a cliff-hanger, I now have no choice but to buy the next book. I am hoping that one will be better, though.

Overall, the amazing characters mixed with the so-so storyline made for an interesting but addictive read.

-Lilian-

P.S. Check out the book trailer here!

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